A secure network access protocol (SNAP)

A. Alshahri, D.G. Smith, J. Irvine

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Both the size, and the interconnectivity of computer networks are increasing tremendously. However, the possibility of an attack compromising the network is also increasing, making network security critical. Strong authentication protocols are needed to restrict network access to only authorised users. Most existing protocols for authentication and network access are based on centralised authentication using one authentication server or certificate authority that is unconditionally trusted Despite the use of strong authentication mechanisms, the process is between the user and a single authentication entity. In these protocols, the decision to authenticate or grant service to users is controlled by this single entity. Centralised authentication protocols suffer certain drawbacks. In this paper, a new protocol Secure Network Access Protocol (SNAP) is proposed SNAP increases network security and availability by distributing the trust between several authentication entities
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
Event8th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications - Kemer-Antalya, Turkey
Duration: 30 Jun 20033 Jul 2003


Conference8th IEEE Symposium on Computers and Communications
Abbreviated titleISCC 2003


  • secure
  • network
  • access protocol
  • snap
  • access control
  • telecommunication network reliability
  • network servers
  • cryptography
  • computer security
  • computer networks
  • computer network reliability
  • availability
  • authentication
  • access protocols


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